October 11 minutes
Link: October 11 minutes
- Presentation- K. Johannssen (gr1) F. Raptis (sp ed)
Introduction to Reading
How can we help
-more than sounding out – context and meaning are crucial to understanding language
-highlight beginning and ending of words
Positive Growth Mindset – more apt to keep trying when they have positive outlook, remember how far they’ve come.
– CAFE board – Ms Johannssen brought her cafe board to show
DRA- Diagnostic Reading Assessment
Used in primary grades
Comprehension of text is goal – not just decoding word but understand what they’re reading
Reading level goal – 75% fluent, important for child to learn to use context to figure out unknown word.
Higher DRA score = stronger reading skills
Looked at samples of different levelled books – as level increases less support, less pictures relating directly to text,
Use picture cues – what’s in picture
Get your mouth ready – identify beginning sound
Chunk letter sounds – break into chunks child already knows
Read on, go back – Skip tricky word, read to end, go back and try it again
What can parents do at home?
Have child read aloud every night – 20 minutes is great
Read to your child
Learn sight words -Dolch words (most frequently used in English), Flash Fluency
Discuss what’s being read- who? what? why? of text they’re reading
How do teachers identify struggles?
Keeping a running record – is child getting context, relying on pictures, confusing similar words, etc.
Teachers communicate progress with each other and Ms. Jordan as child moves to higher grades.
- Expense updates: David, Danielle
Meditation room – approved last year but teacher who requested and spearheading no longer at Pape. So now have $875 unused. How to use this:
2 votes called:
Purchase Microsoft Office software for Council – $110/yr subscription
Can share among 5 users
Vote passes to reallocate.
Visiting artists in classroom. Move to running costs to allow flexibility for classrooms throughout year.
Vote passes to move to running costs.
Next meeting- propose ideas to use remainder of unused meditation room money.
- Hoot and Howl – Melissa, Erin, Laura
Still need lots of volunteers for all manner of jobs
Looking for next year – BBQ lead, Haunted House builders
Midway prizes – please donate loot bag stuff
Book sale – drop off book donations in office
Bake sale – still need bakers for sale. Also need undecorated cupcakes for cupcake decorating. Everything has to be nut-free.
- Raffle – Susannah
Well under way. Tickets back by Mon October 22
Volunteers needed to count tickets 9-10am all mornings
- Silent Auction – Rebecca
1 more solicitor needed asking for donations Queen st, Booth to Leslie.
Someone needed to coordinate food at event – set up hors deourves on tables, refresh food tables.
- Snack Program – Ms. Jordan
Need volunteers to coordinate and run snack program. Being at school early in morning to count out snack portions for each class, ready for students by 8:45am. Collect snack bins to have clean and ready for use next day.
If can’t find help then will have to end snack program.
- Eco Team – Kevin
Live Green TO interested in coming to Hoot and Howl – environmental programs run by City of Toronto
Eco team has email address – email@example.com
Teachers and students will be asked to join eco team later in year.
- Class reps – 1 parent per class to facilitate communication through parents and teacher.
Help teachers communicate volunteer needs, class events, etc.
Ms. Jordan has sent email to teachers to gauge interest.
- Lost and Found –
How can we get the stuff out?
Parent volunteer comes in once a week?
Grade 5/6 lost and found club?
Kevin volunteered to go through stuff and try to get stuff back to their owners.